Each day, hospital staff, patients and visitors observe quiet hours between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. During this time the main hallway through the hospital will be closed to through traffic, and activities related to care will be minimized to allow a critical period of rest for patients.
Studies show that a quiet hospital environment allows patients to rest and recover better resulting in shorter hospital stays, faster healing, and better sleep and rest after discharge.
A study conducted by nursing staff at the Mayo Clinic in 2004 showed that sudden noises, such s a dropped tray or slammed door, may cause a “startle reflex” in patients, resulting in physiological responses such as:
- Facial grimacing
- Muscular flexion
- Increased blood pressure
- Higher respiratory rate
- Increased heart rate
- Altered memory
- Increased agitation
- Less tolerance for pain
Please help us help our patients get the rest they need and minimize noise and activity during this time.